Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Sorry I haven't posted in so long, but I have been busy at school learning very important things, like the fact that there is an animal whose Latin name means "Vampire Bat from hell;" and how to create the Lewis structure, VSEPR electron and molecular geometry, valence bonding hybrids, and molecular bonding and antibonding orbitals for a given molecule; and how to find the area under a curve on a given interval or between 2 curves; not to mention all of the things to observe in lab: e-coli, dissolving sponges with bleach and acid, glass sponges with dead shrimp inside that are frequently given as wedding gifts in Japan, the beginnings of several sea urchins whose lives were abruptly snuffed out before they even got done with the serious business of cleavage when I had to wash the microscope slide they were on, worms mating under the TA's microscope which was hooked up to a large screen, and much more. I hope that I learned all of that molecular stuff properly since I had a midterm earlier today. I think that I did half-way decent on it. Actually, the grades should be posted on ilearn by now. Hang on while I go check. ... Not too bad, but I will have to look up the answers tomorrow and see where I went wrong.

Moving on to non-school-related subjects. I got my cloak made last weekend, and wore it a few times during the week. The first time it was pouring rain. For the first little while I was warm and cozy, but the fabric seemed to have the water shedding capacity of a sponge(luecon grade, Class Desmospongia, or maybe Kitchensinkia), so by the time I finally got home, I was soaked, cold, and ready for a good hot shower. A few days later, I washed it, spread it across the floor, and Scotch-guarded it. It hasn't rained properly since, so I don't know if that was effective yet. However, I love it even if it doesn't work for a rain coat; it is like a giant, wearable blanket. Maybe if I can get some pictures I will post them, but that is unlikely, so no holding of breath.

Today's quote has been replaced by this comic:

Good night all

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


It was just pointed out to me that some folks were having difficulty commenting. I have gone into the settings and clicked the necessary buttons, so it should work now.

My calculus class starts in a few minutes, so I should probably start heading across campus. Perhaps I will post later.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Gift Swap

This looks like a good idea. Island Life is hosting a Valentine's Day Swap. Go check out their site for details.

  • What is your idea of a romantic Valentine’s Day?
    • Roses, chocolate, and a long walk at dusk
  • In reality, what is your Valentine’s Day really like?
    • The past few years I have celebrated Singles Awareness Day (SAD) in place of Valentine’s Day. My wonderful father likes to buy all of his girls a rose and my mother usually supplies a few pieces of chocolate at breakfast, but this year I will not be near my parents for Valentines so, …
  • If you could have a lifetime supply of your favorite sweet indulgence, what would it be?
    • Tough question. Assorted Lindt truffles, Lindor Balls, Ferro Rocher, Dove dark ... How about we say Really Good Chocolates and leave it at that
  • Is there any sweet treat you absolutely do not like?
    • Palmer’s chocolate. I am a chocoholic and would live on the stuff if I could, but Palmer’s is vile stuff.
  • If you fell into a pool of chocolate, how would you get out?
    • Get out? Why would I want to get out? I would start eating and hope someone would rescue me before I popped.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Caffine, Cruise-control, and Cloaking Devices

I wanted to spend the entire three-day weekend at home, but unfortunately, there was something I had to do near my trailer Sunday evening at 5:30, as close to smack in the middle of my weekend as possible. Plan B had been to come up on Friday night, spend Saturday here, leave Sunday morning, and have a peaceful, homeworkful Monday.

The first have of that plan went splendidly. I left school at the regular time, went to the trailer, had dinner with my sister, picked up some of my stuff, packed a few things, and finally left only 15 minutes later than planned. (Perhaps that should be more than one sentence.) On the way past Walmart, I stopped and bought 6 (yes six) yards of lovely, soft, heavy, dark country blue/charcoal gray fabric with which to make the first draft of the cloak that I have been planning for the past few months. I arrived home at around 10 (Mom had saved dinner for me since she did not know if I had eaten yet; I love my mom.). Saturday I lounged around, worked on a few things, played games with my family, and in the evening, decided that I did not want to spend Monday alone in the trailer.

This messed up the second half of the plan. Sunday morning I got up and lounged around some more until my family went to church. Then I went to walmart to buy the rest of the bolt of my lovely fabric and picked up a carton of whoppers before heading trailer-ward (remember the whoppers). After the things that I had to do, I arrived back at my trialer at around 9:30 or 10, but instead of being sensible and leaving, I decided to get some work done. As midnight approached I had drunk two and a half cups of tea, consumed three freshly baked cookies and copious amounts of sugar in general, and finally decided it was time to get on the road. So I filled my travel mug with yet more caffeine and sugar, put more cookies in a bag, and gathering my whoppers headed out. For the first twenty miles or so, I was stuck in traffic and eating whoppers by the handful. Finally traffic cleared and I set my cruise control on 82 (a good 8mph above my usual cruising speed) and went for it. I finally arrived home just after 1. Unfortunately, having done its job did not mean that the caffeine was ready to metabolize out of my bloodstream just yet. I did not sleep until 5.

I am still tired.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Let's Try This Again

I'm back.

Sadly, barring a miracle, my original blog is gone. I miss it greatly; we had many good times. I will try to keep things a bit more lively and interesting this time - one post a month is really not enough, but I need you all to do your part too. Comment! Tell me what you think about what I have said. Ask me questions. Otherwise, I might be forced to blog about things that I am learning in school in technical terms that few people outside of schools understand. Not that I won't do that anyway, but you have been warned.

Signing off